Couple robbed, assaulted in Lenexa Craigslist hold-up

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LENEXA, Kan. – A couple is still shaken up after they were robbed at gunpoint in a Lenexa neighborhood when trying to check out a car they found on Craigslist. Jennifer Peterson and her husband, Craig Peterson, said they saw a Craigslist ad for a 2006 Impala, listed at $3,200.

The couple had been in touch with a woman on the phone who said she was selling the car. On Saturday afternoon the Petersons went to a QuikTrip in Overland Park, Kan., where they were supposed to meet her.

After about 30 minutes of waiting they said she called and explained she was running late. Peterson said the woman explained she lived just down the street from the QuikTrip and said they could go to her house and her husband would show them the car. The Petersons went to the Lenexa home on Hauser Street and knocked on the door, but nobody answered. They said it looked as though nobody lived in the house. Then, a little black car pulled up and three people robbed them. Peterson said there were two men and one woman in the car, and one of them had an assault rifle.

"He got closer with the gun and was screaming at us to get on the ground," Jennifer said. "I just covered my head, hoping that he wasn't going to shoot, shoot us in the head."

Peterson said the robbers hit her husband in the head with the riffle and kicked him.

"I heard my husband grunting and I thought they were kicking him because he was behind me and they were hitting him with the gun," she said. "They were getting mad and that's when they hit him."

Peterson said the robbers made off with less than $200 in cash, her iPad and her purse with her credit cards and checkbook. She said the $200 mean for Christmas shopping for her four children.

"We didn't have much, anyways," she said. We work paycheck to paycheck. He was just off -- in for a whole month in August for his back, so we're still catching up from that."

Peterson said the robbers threatened her before they left.

"As they were leaving the guy with the gun said you better pray that the money is in the purse of we're coming back after you," she said. "I don't even remember them touching me or anything but I know they took everything out of my pockets."

She told FOX 4 the car's license plate was partially covered up with a piece of plastic, all she knows is it was a Missouri plate.

Police said they do not have anybody in custody and are trying to track down the three suspects. They warn people when doing a Craigslist meet-up, to go somewhere safe, like a police station.​




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